Community Spotlight: Rio Del Mar

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Thursday, March 28th, 2019 at 8:15am.

community spotlight, rio del mar

Located in the Aptos area of California, just a short distance east of Santa Cruz, the neighborhood of Rio Del Mar overlooks the waters of Monterey Bay from its winding streets and rolling bluffs. Homes in Rio Del Mar display a varied range of California beachside properties, from frame-and-board cottages, to modernist bungalows, to Spanish-revival haciendas. Balconies and walkways are common for talking in the beautiful ocean or fairway views.

Community Attractions in Rio Del Mar, CA

From Rio Del Mar you can descend to Rio, Platform or Beer Can beach to enjoy miles of sandy shores, grassy banks, and surf-friendly waves. Or, visit the world-class Seascape Golf Club for a round of golf. Rio Del Mar's many ridges and valleys are full of surprising sources of entertainment and natural beauty. California's beautiful year-round weather is a big attraction for many, making the area a great location for boating, diving, swimming, and paddleboarding.

Easily accessible via the Cabrillo Highway, Rio Del Mar connects to Watsonville in the east; and Aptos, Capitola, and then Santa Cruz in the west. Taking the Highway 1 on a sightseeing trip along this stretch of coast is a must for anyone visiting, or living in the area.

Other attractions include:

  • Hidden Beach Park
  • Seascape Sports Club
  • Seascape Park
  • Palapas Restaurant & Cantina
  • Bittersweet Bistro
  • Tennis Club of Rio Del Mar
  • Deluxe Foods of Aptos

As you can see, good eating and outdoor fun are defining features of life in Rio Del Mar.

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Learn More About the Rio Del Mar Area

Residents and visitors love Rio Del Mar for the range of recreational activities it offers. Surfing, fishing, whale watching, and bird watching are all popular attractions for the area. At Aptos creek on Rio Del Mar's western edge, you can cross a charming pedestrian bridge leading to the beautiful Seacliff State Beach. This area is also home to a number of cafes and bistros. Head north to visit Aptos village, take in more charming restaurants and boutique stores.

Eastern Rio Del Mar is defined by more woods, expansive properties, and quiet valleys. The serene streets and paths in this area are great for biking and walking. Just beyond, residents can enjoy the Ellicott Slough National Wildlife Refuge, or commute to Aptos High School.

Stay tuned to the My Santa Cruz Real Estate blog to see more in-depth community spotlights on some of our most desirable communities!

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